So we still don't know how much the Katy Freeway managed lanes will cost you to use.
Harris County Commissioners are expected to consider a fee schedule and the opening date next month. The new lanes -- two in each direction that opened last fall for limited usage -- are expected to be transformed into toll lanes no earlier than May, officials said.
The county intends to use a flexible-rate system based on congestion, called dynamic pricing. Initially, certain rates will be set for rush-hour commutes, and different prices may be set for other periods. After about 90-days, the prices may change based on traffic observations.
Signs near the entrances to the Katy Freeway lanes will announce the rates.
Normally, I wouldn't care that much about this. Like I said, I don't drive that way very often. But considering that the Harris County Toll Road Authority spent a half billion dollars to build those managed lanes, it would be nice to know if the demand they projected for them at the time is still about what they're expecting now. Are they in the soup, or are things going as they envisioned? I'm curious what an updated estimate might look like.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 21, 2009 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles